Health insurance; coverage for certain foods for individuals diagnosed as having phenylketonuria. (SB867)

Introduced By

Sen. John Edwards (D-Roanoke)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Coverage for certain foods; phenylketonuria. Requires each (i) insurer issuing individual or group accident and sickness insurance policies providing hospital, medical and surgical, or major medical coverage on an expense-incurred basis; (ii) corporation providing individual or group accident and sickness subscription contracts; and (iii) health maintenance organization providing a health care plan for health care services, whose policy, contract' or plan, including any certificate or evidence of coverage issued in connection with such policy, contract' or plan, includes coverage for prescription drugs on an outpatient basis to provide coverage for low protein (low phenylalanine) foods prescribed for the treatment of phenylketonuria and approved by theU.S. Food and Drug Administration for such treatment. Read the Bill »


01/21/2013: Failed to Pass in Committee


01/03/2013Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/13 13101797D
01/03/2013Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
01/15/2013Impact statement from DPB (SB867)
01/21/2013Passed by indefinitely in Commerce and Labor with letter (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)


Laura Dely writes:

The need to pandate specific illnesses to be covered by health insurane providers illustrates the insanity of our system.
We are we all covered for all illnesses? With such a giant pool of subscribers, we could afford to cover all, but with the patchwork of providers and the fight against regulation and reform, we are going to continue to lose the battle of controlling costs and improving our health and wealthfare.
Virginia must accept the reforms, imperfect though they may be, because they patch the system that pushes costs of the uninsured onto those with insurance. Specifically, take the Medicaid expansion deal: 3 years free and after that 90% of the addtional 400,000 low income Virginians who presently go to the emergency room long after they begin to exhibit symptoms. That's where we incur the the costs that eventually end up on your insurance bill.